ROME — Inter Milan won their second trophy of the season after beating Juventus 4-2 in extra time in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday in Rome. In a frantic game, the Nerazzurri took the lead, lost a goal lead and then scored three unanswered goals to regain control. Juventus will thus end the season without a trophy for the first time since 2010-11. Inter have now won eight Coppa Italia trophies and ended an 11-year drought by winning extra time. It is also the second trophy of the season for the Nerazzurri after winning the Supercoppa Italiana against the same Juventus in January.
The first half started with Inter Milan pushing and controlling play in an incredible atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico. And the Nerazzurri found the opener through Italian midfielder Nicolò Barella, who neatly scored and left Juve goalkeeper Mattia Perin motionless. After Inter managed to open the scoring, Juventus changed their attitude and were forced to be more aggressive in attack. The Bianconeri had real chances with forwards Paulo Dybala and Dusan Vlahović carrying the charge, but in both cases Inter captain and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved his side. Marcelo Brozovic came close to scoring Inter’s second goal but his attempt went wide late in the first half.
It was in the second half that things got a bit heated, with both teams losing their lead. Juventus started really well and found two goals in the space of two minutes which completely changed the course of the game. Alex Sandro took advantage of an incredible mistake by Samir Handanovic to put the two teams level. Inter didn’t even notice Juventus’ goal and the ensuing Bianconeri counterattack by Paulo Dybala saw him find Dusan Vlahović between the lines. The Serbian striker’s first attempt was denied by Handanovic, but Vlahović pounced on the rebound to give Juve the lead, which left the Bianconeri faithful at the Stadio Olimpico in turmoil.
With Inter looking for an equaliser, Simone Inzaghi opted for three changes, with Joaquin Correa, Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco coming on in place of Edin Dzeko, Matteo Darmian and Danilo D’Ambrosio. On the other side, Allegri brought out Denis Zakaria and Federico Bernardeschi in favor of Leonardo Bonucci and Manuel Locatelli. Inter pushed until the referee awarded the Nerazzurri a penalty after Lautaro Martinez was fouled in the box by Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt. Brave Hakan Calhanoglu fired a missile from the penalty spot to find the back of the net in the 80th minute and send the game into extra time.
Inter Milan were awarded another penalty, with de Ligt once again the main suspect, this time for a foul on Stefan de Vrij. After the exclusion of Calhanoglu and Lautaro Martinez, Ivan Perisic converted the penalty almost perfectly. Three minutes later, the Croatian winger scored an incredible goal from outside the box to seal a 4-2 victory for the Nerazzurri, who lift another trophy this season. Their quest for the national treble is still relevant and they now have their eyes on the scudetto, two points behind AC Milan with two games remaining.